Benefits of blood donation
You save lives
By donating blood, you’ll be saving up to three human lives each time.
You get a free health check-up
Before every blood donation process, each donor will receive a series of health check-ups – totally FREE.
You reduce the risk of cancer
The reduction of iron stores and iron in the body while giving blood can reduce the risk of cancer.
You reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke
Blood donors have fewer heart attacks and strokes when they donate blood every six months.
You burn calories
One time blood donation helps you shed 650 Kcal.
Why give blood?
Every twenty-four hours, doctors in Nigeria need to find 4,863 units of blood for transfusions. The doctors are fighting to save the lives of sick children, sickle cell anaemia patients, women suffering pre and postnatal severe blood loss, trauma victims, cancer patients, and people with bleeding disorders.
It is a monumental task requiring infection-free blood, utmost attention to clinical safety procedures, and above all, a huge amount of luck. There is no guarantee of success because there is a severe shortage of safe blood supplies throughout the country.
Preparing to give blood
Follow our tips to make your blood donation experience pleasant, safe and straightforward.
Eat regular meals to help you avoid feeling lightheaded.
Have a good night’s sleep to boost well-being.
Drink plenty of fluids 24 hours before donating, but avoid alcohol.
Put on loose and comfortable clothing, avoid tight sleeves.
Nervousness is normal, come with a friend or bring along a book or MP3 player so you can relax during your visit.
Knowing your medical, body piercing and travel history will save you time.
You can still exercise, but don’t do anything more strenuous than usual: this applies before and after donating blood. Also ensure you are fully recovered and well hydrated before you donate blood
How blood donation works
- We collect blood from voluntary, non-remunerated donors.
- Secondly, it is delivered to a screening facility where it is analysed for transfusion transmissible infections (TTI) such as Syphilis, Hepatitis A & B and HIV 1 & 2.
- Thirdly, after passing the screening, it is then stored with a blood bank.
- The fourth and final stage is to transfuse the blood to patients that need it.